The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the lookout for a brand new quarterback and it could possibly be top-of-the-line dual-threats within the league.
Because the Steelers put together for all times after Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh can have two veteran quarterbacks return for subsequent season in Mason Rudolph and Dwyane Haskins. Whereas each quarterbacks have beginning expertise — 23 mixed begins — neither stands out as an interesting choice as a full-time starter.
Pittsburgh will doubtless goal a rookie quarterback within the first spherical of the 2022 NFL draft, however they’ll want a starter able to step in for the season opener. Because the New Orleans Saints enter a full-scale rebuild following head coach Sean Payton stepping down, they’ll have to commerce a number of of their key gamers to trim down their payroll. In accordance with Over the Cap, the Saints are $74 million over the cap, $34 million greater than the following closest workforce.
A type of gamers — Taysom Hill — is a candidate for the Steelers, in line with NFL.com’s Nick Shook. Shook considers the Steelers to be “potential patrons” for the 31-year-old Hill.
“A favourite of Payton, the versatile veteran could be deemed expendable by whoever takes over in New Orleans,” says Shook. “Hill is a below-average passer set to earn high-end QB2 cash, whose best energy is his working capacity. And whereas we’re seeing extra designed runs for quarterbacks nowadays, it’s unclear whether or not the brand new regime will view his playmaking worth consistent with his wage. That each one mentioned, discovering a commerce accomplice for Hill could be significantly difficult.”
Hill is Unproven as Beginning QB
With Payton out of the combination, Hill doubtless additionally finds himself out of favor. The longtime Saints head coach had lengthy been a fan of Hill’s since he was signed as an undrafted free agent again in 2017.
Though Hill has confirmed to be a multi-dimensional risk as a quarterback, working again and receiver, he’s by no means confirmed to truly be an sufficient quarterback. He did not beat out Jameis Winston because the beginning quarterback following Drew Brees’ retirement. Following Winston’s season-ending harm, Hill began a number of video games in direction of the top of the season with very underwhelming outcomes.
Hill began the ultimate 5 video games of the season as a quarterback and threw for simply 4 touchdowns in opposition to 5 interceptions whereas finishing simply 58.4% of his passes for a 75.4 quarterback rating. Whereas the Saints did end 4-1 within the video games Hill began, his propensity to show the ball over (3.7% INT charge, which might rank final amongst all beginning quarterbacks) and take sacks 6.3% sack charge, which might rank nineteenth amongst all beginning QB’s), is a serious challenge.
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Hill is a Low-Threat, Excessive-Reward Participant
Whereas his play is questionable, his expertise and potential will not be. Making Hill much more interesting is the truth that his cap determine for 2022 is simply $12.325 million. For perspective, Hill’s salary would rank 19th among all quarterbacks.
The Saints will probably be seeking to shed wage, which implies Hill may be acquired for low draft capital. With Pittsburgh having over $34 million in cap house for the 2022 offseason (ninth-most within the NFL), the Steelers may purchase Hill on a budget, whereas nonetheless being able to signal and re-sign gamers.
Hill might not be probably the most interesting choice, however he’s a sensible choice for Pittsburgh. And he’s an intriguing one at that.